Recently, GOP leader Kurt Zellers referred to voting as a “privilege”. According to the Constitution/Bill of Rights, voting is a guaranteed Right. A Right fought for and sacrificed for. During WWII, the “Greatest Generation” shed blood and tears on beaches in the Pacific, on the African front, on the European front and the home front for that right. They bought War Bonds, rationed and recycled for the war effort. They lost husbands, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters and friends. We have continued to have the Right to vote due to people willing to sacrifice for it at home and in the military.
Now, voter ID laws put that right in jeopardy for many of the “Greatest Generation”. Many no longer drive, have no “valid” ID and to get one takes a birth certificate that may not be available (home births, courthouse fires). Long waits in line for people no longer able to get around, let alone stand in line. Costs for people with fixed incomes, not only for the ID itself, but for the certified birth certificate, and travel costs to get both. Voter ID laws could take away the right to vote from those that sacrificed the most for our rights. Let’s treat the “Greatest Generation” with the respect and thanks they deserve. Let’s make sure they always have the Right to Vote. It’s what they did for us and would do again.
It’s an unneeded regulation that will cost $millions to implement while we’re broke. In 2000, there were 10 cases of voter fraud and 0 cases of voter impersonation. Voter ID laws do nothing to prevent absentee ballot fraud or registration fraud, it’s a solution looking for a nonexistent problem. A neighbor vouching for us or using the same ID we used when FDR, JFK, Reagan, and Bush were elected should be good enough.
Why were Republican sponsored voter ID laws pushed in many states? Michigan Republican state legislator John Pappageorge, “If we do not suppress the Detroit vote, we’re going to have a tough time in this election.” In a deposition, former Republican Party chair Jim Greer, “… the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting.” Many of these laws are being stopped by courts due to the way they disenfranchise legal voters like seniors, students, minorities and the disabled.
By Sanda Oslin